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Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers
The Philadelphia Inquirer / The Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2012 | David Brown

Posted on 05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able to cause infection. Some experts believe that rolled-up dollar bills used to snort cocaine and passed person to person can carry enough infected blood to transmit the virus.

"Many baby boomers may not even remember the behaviors that put them at risk," said John Ward, head of the CDC's viral hepatitis division....

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; disease; hepatitis; illness
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1 posted on 05/19/2012 3:19:14 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rolled up dollar bills used to sort cocaine..

Obamas got it.

2 posted on 05/19/2012 3:40:14 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some experts believe that rolled-up dollar bills used to snort cocaine and passed person to person can carry enough infected blood to transmit the virus.

WOW! Okay, presumably it can only be passed to you if you stick it directly into your nose, right? What if you handle an infected bill, then rub your eye or blow your nose? Can the virus travel from your hands to your eye or to your nose and give you Hep C that way, too?

3 posted on 05/19/2012 3:46:50 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Can the virus travel from your hands to your eye or to your nose and give you Hep C that way, too?

Concerned?

4 posted on 05/19/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It appears some Freepers did a little partying in the 70's. Isn't that special.

5 posted on 05/19/2012 3:52:54 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

LOL....Lots of weed...Coke maybe a few times at weddings in my 20’s but it wasn’t my “drug of choice”.....


6 posted on 05/19/2012 3:55:42 AM PDT by geege
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To: geege

“Needle And The Damage Done”

I caught you knockin’
at my cellar door
I love you, baby,
can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song
because I love the man
I know that some
of you don’t understand
Milk-blood
to keep from running out.

I’ve seen the needle
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a settin’ sun.


7 posted on 05/19/2012 4:00:37 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rolled up dollar bills used to sort cocaine..
Why would anyone want to use a drug that makes them move faster?


8 posted on 05/19/2012 4:02:05 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: central_va

Who?


9 posted on 05/19/2012 4:09:59 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Who?


10 posted on 05/19/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

About 20 years ago I was working on a ranch in Montana and the owners daughter was this 21 year old hugely breasted blond who wasn’t too bright naturally of course, and one day while she was bending over picking flowers she shot up and screamed and said that something bit her on the breast. Not one to lock the door when opportunity knocks, I asked her to let me see and when she did I told her it looked like a rattlesnake bite which horrified her. Of course it was just a mosquito bite but why throw away the winning lottery ticket? I then said we must act fast, that I must suck out the poison before it took effect and gave her brain damage (impossible). So she let me sck it out which took about 16 hours and of course that led to other things that involved twins but I’ll save that for my autobiography. What I want to know, is it possible may have contracted the virus from trying to save this poor girls life?


11 posted on 05/19/2012 4:21:40 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: central_va
If you think I appear to have used cocaine, you need to enroll in this program. I said absolutely NOTHING that would lead a person with even minimal reasoning ability to think I had ever used cocaine, unless he couldn't read past grade school level. Sheesh.
12 posted on 05/19/2012 4:22:26 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Lighten up.


13 posted on 05/19/2012 4:24:43 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Can the virus travel from your hands to your eye or to your nose and give you Hep C that way, too?

Concerned? wow...actually maybe...considering that almost all our money is tainted on some level with drugs.

I'll never forget the day drug sniffing dogs came into the bank and made a beline for the teller drawers and vault!

14 posted on 05/19/2012 4:28:02 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't know why Hep C is "news" again.
The issue was made public about 10 years ago and I got checked for free at the VA.
15 posted on 05/19/2012 4:29:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
What I want to know, is it possible may have contracted the virus from trying to save this poor girls life?

The marriage virus, I hope? I will skip the diatribe about breast size and hair color and intelligence...LOL

16 posted on 05/19/2012 4:30:15 AM PDT by blu
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To: central_va

Tin foil hat time!

The federal government Friday called for all “conservative baby boomers” to be tested for hepatitis C. The test,which will “affect” more conservative Americans each year than AIDS, is to be made before the next election.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of conservatives who don’t realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of not voting for obama.


17 posted on 05/19/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT by Not a 60s Hippy (They are SOCIALISTS, not Progressive, Liberal, Left Wing, Democrats, Special interest groups.)
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To: central_va

I don’t think my reaction was unreasonable. You intimated I was a drug user. You expect me to laugh that crap off?

But... Okay... it’s forgotten.


18 posted on 05/19/2012 4:42:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: central_va

Mercy. I never made a record album, but if I had, I’d have dressed up for it.


19 posted on 05/19/2012 4:43:47 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Woody Allen’s lawyer will be contacting you.


20 posted on 05/19/2012 4:46:42 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested

Don't go. It's a cookbook!

21 posted on 05/19/2012 4:47:09 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Lady Lucky
Great Twilight Zone reference, but seriously, what if they were injecting everyone who came in with an Obama mandated tracker?

If they can get everyone programmed to leap at each pronouncement of some possible pandemic, then all they need is to design the right implant, tell everyone they need to be injected, and BAM! Instant population monitoring.

Is that tin-foil enough??? :)
22 posted on 05/19/2012 5:04:51 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Lady Lucky

And soooo ...what will they do about it once they find out you have it — mock you and tell you that you WON’T be receiving a new liver because they gave out all the extras to illegal aliens and elderly immigrants from a zillion other nations camping out in our hospitals?

It’ll be good, though, as they will have gleaned some great statistics from it.


23 posted on 05/19/2012 5:10:10 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

LOLOLOL! Best laugh of my week! I should have tried that, but I’d probably have gotten slapped silly! I just can’t keep a straight face.


24 posted on 05/19/2012 5:13:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: central_va

He’s talking about contracting merely by handling bills that somebody else may have used in the fashion stated.

I would like to think not, but who knows.


25 posted on 05/19/2012 5:18:23 AM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Newt Gingrich 2012 - The Man With a Plan)
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To: Sudetenland

My tin foil hat is a lot more simplistic. They’re targeting boomers because boomers are aging and fast becoming the expensive, useless eaters. If they don’t have hep, maybe they’ll get a nice vaccine, some free “vitamins”...or just a complimentary, door-prize dollar bill (laced with hep virus).


26 posted on 05/19/2012 5:36:47 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Marie Antoinette

Maybe this is more for gathering information. I went to a walk in clinic the other day for an antibiotic and they asked me as part of the standard new patient questionnaire ‘Are there any guns in your house?’ This happened in NC. When I asked the nurse why that question is asked, she said its an Obama rule that came out about a year ago..


27 posted on 05/19/2012 5:42:56 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
i got it from poorly cleaned tattoo needles...
28 posted on 05/19/2012 5:55:48 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sudetenland; Lady Lucky
...what if they were injecting everyone who came in with an Obama mandated tracker? ...

Or perhaps there is a need to beta test a new three-drug strategy on an "expendable" population while enriching global pharma.

from the article: " The strategy could identify 800,000 new cases in baby boomers ..." "Treatment of hepatitis C infection takes at least six months and consists of pills and a weekly injection. The cure rate used to be less than 30 percent; with a new three-drug strategy, it can be as high as 75 percent."
29 posted on 05/19/2012 6:07:13 AM PDT by khelus
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To: Chode
I have a friend who was an esthetician, she transmitted it probably through work. She worked at a salon and they were not allowed to wear gloves while giving facials, waxings, etc. She said sometimes it would get pretty bloody waxing, popping pimples, etc.
30 posted on 05/19/2012 6:16:18 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

B-But it’s true it’s true I tell you! Like that time Salma Hayek kidnapped me and made me her sex slave for 3 short years. Sex 50 to 100 even 200 times a day! Oh the humanity! It wouldn’t have been that bad but her friend Megan Fox kept fighting over me that sometimes I would be forced to have sex with them both at the same time!


31 posted on 05/19/2012 6:17:03 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another government-sponsored medical scare.


32 posted on 05/19/2012 6:19:13 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another government-sponsored medical scare.


33 posted on 05/19/2012 6:19:13 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: Third Person

AARGH... double post.


34 posted on 05/19/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood and unprotected sex is one way of getting it.
Remember the free love thingy of the sixties?
Maybe Woodstock era wasn’t a good thing after all.

Hippie lights joint and tries to remember.


35 posted on 05/19/2012 6:26:49 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

I have read quite a few vets came back from Viet Nam to find out they had transmitted it. That’s very unfortunate.


36 posted on 05/19/2012 6:28:16 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: central_va
worried?

I think their point is that the general public, not just those sharing the dollar bill to snort cocaine, could contract hepatitis C virus if they handled that dollar bill, if that's the criteria HHS is using. Another half-baked government idea.

37 posted on 05/19/2012 6:33:03 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Lady Lucky
The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested

Like anyone's gonna really care what the federal government recommends at this point.

Good grief... pour me another gin and tonic.

Cheers~

38 posted on 05/19/2012 6:40:04 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


39 posted on 05/19/2012 6:40:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone who ever did IV drugs or got tattoos from “informal” tattoo artists probably would do well to be tested. I had a relative who passed away a couple of years ago from liver failure due to Hepatitis C. He had been a drug user since we were teenagers. He was in his mid-50’s when he died. By the time he got around to going to the doctor it was way too late.


40 posted on 05/19/2012 6:44:02 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: Northern Yankee
Like anyone's gonna really care what the federal government recommends at this point. Good grief... pour me another gin and tonic.

Notch up the temp in the hot tub while you're at it -- oh never mind, the gubmint has that function pre-installed.

Here's lookin' at Euclid!

41 posted on 05/19/2012 6:47:38 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: All
Hep C
For those who do need to know.
42 posted on 05/19/2012 6:48:57 AM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

When i was in Basic Training my tent mate got bit on the butt by a snake while pooping in the woods. I had no idea what to do so i ran to ask the Drill Sgt. He told me about cutting the fang marks and sucking out the poison. When I returned to our pup tent the victim asked me what the Drill Sgt said. I rplied, “The Drill Sgt said you are going to die!”

;)


43 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT by csmusaret (Obama's new slogan: "Fo Mo Mo Fo.")
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To: LibsRJerks
And soooo ...what will they do about it once they find out you have it

Heigh-o, silver hair, away -- to the sanitarium.

"Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home..."

/Boomerish

44 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:25 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: bigtoona

I was hit with that battery of questions with every doctors’ visit in Minnesota. The questions were always asked in some sniveling condescending tone. When my annoyance of these questions became obvious, I was “diagnosed” with various “problems”. I am no longer in Minnesota, and no longer recognize any professional license issued by that state.


45 posted on 05/19/2012 6:55:43 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure you’re eligible for THE MONTANA LIFE SAVING MEDAL WITH BREAST DEVICE. I’ve got a room full of those medals. I’m not a hero.....just doing my duty.


46 posted on 05/19/2012 6:59:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: riri

Agree hep C can lay dormant for up to thirty years.


47 posted on 05/19/2012 7:00:05 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Fred Hayek

You’re on a list somewhere, Fred. :)


48 posted on 05/19/2012 7:00:06 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions

Wow, who knew ALL baby boomers had transfusions and are intravenous drug users. I must have been doing some serious tripping since I can't remember either one happening.

49 posted on 05/19/2012 7:05:28 AM PDT by bgill
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To: EBH
wow...actually maybe...considering that almost all our money is tainted on some level with drugs.

If that were the case, then they'd have everyone, not just baby boomers, getting tested. The whole thing is a crock of hooey. Follow the $$$$. What we should be most concerned about is which medical supply company makes the test and is that company getting government money?

50 posted on 05/19/2012 7:11:39 AM PDT by bgill
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